My experience of being a Christian is that of a surprising, continual and contested process of reformation and rediscovery, says Simon Barrow. It's far removed from the caricature of faith that many zealous believers and non-believers seem attached to.
Measuring the number of times politicians mention or don't mention God misses the point, says Simon Barrow. The issue is whether the subversive language of the Gospel can challenge top-down religious and political systems.
The Vatican has announced an upcoming international conference on "Biological Evolution: Facts and Theories. A Critical Appraisal 150 years after 'The Origin of Species'", to mark the Darwin celebrations and build the science-theology dialogue.